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The Make-A-Way Center opened its door in August 1981 as a result of the effort of Rev. George Schmidt
(founder of Make-A-Way), concerned citizens, Massillon Clergy Association, local mental health center,
Stark County Community Mental Health Board, civic leaders, and the Massillon City government.

Mayor Demmer proposed a resolution offering our organization a city owned building for $1 per year on a 20-year lease. City Council then unanimously approved the plan and the Make-A-Way Center had found a home.

Make-A-Way has become an enormous success due to the support and involvement of various segments of the community. Equally important, the center has maintained this record of increasing success as a result of the participation of its members and volunteers.